Thinking of the perfect gift for someone is often a delicate matter. But what if that person has a hearing loss? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here’s our list of our top gift suggestions to help you this holiday season.
Bone Conduction Headphones
Bone conduction enables you to hear sound through the vibration of the bones in your skull, namely the jaw and cheekbones. Bone conduction headphones connect through a cell phone’s Bluetooth or wired connection. Using the vibrations in your facial bones, sound waves bypass the outer and middle ear to directly stimulate the inner ear. These help to enhance sound quality while filtering out external noise.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
These headphones are a great idea for commuters or anyone who wants to block out background noise to focus on their music, audiobook, film etc. It can also help users listen to their media at lower volumes, thereby providing an added benefit!
TV Headphones or TV Ears
These combat the problem of hearing the sound from the television by improving the clarity of dialog without needing to turn up the volume excessively. These headphones connect via Bluetooth or radio waves to transmit the signal from the television directly into the headphones.
It may sound like a strange gift idea for someone with a hearing loss. However, there are a number of alarm clocks that would make a great gift. Vibrating alarm clocks are extra loud, have a vibrating pad to shake your pillow or bed as well as an option for a flashing light. Some can also connect wirelessly to your phone. Another option from Philips is a clock that wakes you gradually with a sunrise simulation. The clock will gradually begin to illuminate from the time of sunrise.
Most people are listening to the television through its built in speakers. Usually these speakers are not very good and adding some additional sound support can make it easier for everyone to hear better, especially those who are hearing impaired.
These are a practical gift that keep giving. Whenever the bell rings, a notification or alert is sent to the mobile which notifies the person.
Hearables are wearable technology that can be used to modify the way you hear in a manner similar to hearing aids. They have become quite fashionable too. Features include vital sign monitoring, activity tracking and personal biometric identification. They can also offer ‘Smart’ capability for synching to your Smartphone, and layered listening to filter out or enhance specific sounds.
Feeling inspired? We hope so! Another gift to consider is a hearing test with the offer of your support by accompanying your loved one. If you would like advice on how to approach this topic, we are happy to help. Call us on (212) 786-5741 or click here to request an appointment today.